FSU linebacker Hayes named to first-team All-ACC

5:00 PM, Nov 27, 2007   |    comments
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Tallahassee - Linebacker has recently been the ticket to the All-ACC first team for Florida State players.

Geno Hayes became the third Seminole at that position in as many seasons, and the only FSU player this season, to be named to the league's first team.

True freshman offensive lineman Rodney Hudson and kicker Gary Cismesia, who tied the ACC record for field goals in a season and set a league mark with his 60-yard field goal against Florida, were named to the second team. Georgia Tech's Travis Bell was selected over Cismesia, who made 27 of 33 field goals and was named ACC specialist of the week following his four-field goal effort against the Gators. Bell went 23 of 28 during the regular season.

Cornerback Patrick Robinson and punter Graham Gano earned honorable mention.

Hudson joined an elite class of FSU true freshmen in earning first- or second-team honors. The others were Greg Carr (2005), Xavier Benita (2001), Travis Minor (1997) and Tamarick Vanover (1992). Hudson was the only true freshman named to first or second team this season. The starting guard credited his coaches and fellow offensive linemen for the smooth transition from high school to college.

“I am honored to represent Florida State and the offensive line on the All-ACC team,” Hudson said. “I just wanted to come in as a freshman and work really hard. This is really unexpected.”

Hayes, a former Madison County standout, did not fulfill his prophecy in shutting down Heisman Trophy candidate Tim Tebow on Saturday night. Hayes made enough tackles, 72, before Saturday's game to catch the attention of voters from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He also ranks second on the FSU team in sacks.

Tallahassee Democrat

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